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Workbar’s Small Business Grant Contest

Enter to win $5k +FREE coworking for a year


Our way of giving back

We launched our Small Business Grant contest to help minority founders thrive in the Greater Boston area and to provide minority-owned small businesses an opportunity to raise funds and get the business support they deserve. Apply below by December 15, 2023, by filling out the application form and crossing your fingers! We’ll announce the winner on December 22, just in time to celebrate with your family and friends over the holidays. 

Workbar’s Small Business Grant Contest

We’re Giving Away:

One Grand Prize

  • $5,000 check made out to the business 
  • 1 year free coworking membership 

Two Runner-Up Prizes

  • 3-months free coworking membership

2023 Applications Are CLOSED

For the purposes of this contest, eligible small businesses must meet the following criteria: 

  • Applicant is the principal owner of the business and is considered a minority per our terms and conditions (below)
  • The business is physically located in or serves Massachusetts 
  • Business has been operating for at least 6 months
  • Business has an annual revenue of one million dollars ($1,000,000) or less
  • Business has 15 or fewer full-time or part-time employees 
  • Business has not previously won the Workbar Small Business Grant 

December 15th, 2023: Deadline to apply  → December 21st, 2023: Voting closes →  December 22nd, 2023: Winners announced

Applying is easy! 

We promise: this will be the easiest Small Business Grant you’ve ever applied for! Simply fill out the form below and share your story with our judges. Tell us what your business does and what you’d do with the prize money for your chance to win. See full terms and conditions here.

Applications CLOSED

Meet Our Judges

Our judging panel is made up of noteworthy entrepreneurs, business owners and Workbar’s own CEO. 

Sarah Traversheadshot

Sarah Travers

CEO, Workbar

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Katia Powell-Laurenheadshot

Katia Powell-Lauren

Founder & CEO, Black Girls Nutrition and 2022 Grant Winner

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Ashley Mitchellheadshot

Ashley Mitchell

Founder & CEO, The Courage Campaign

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Charles Morrisheadshot

Charles Morris

CEO, House 17 and Workbar Member

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John Shortheadshot

John Short

CEO, Compound Growth and Workbar Member

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Gordie Gronkowski, Jr.headshot

Gordie Gronkowski, Jr.

Co-Owner, Gronk Fitness and Workbar Member

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Stephanie Roulicheadshot

Stephanie Roulic

Founder, Startup Boston

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Tips From Our Judges

Here are a few things to keep in mind when filling out your application:

  • We want to get to know you! Share details that bring the story of your company to life. Tell us what makes your business unique.
  • Massachusetts is our home – and we love the businesses that make the Commonwealth such an amazing place to work. Tell us how your company serves our community.
  • We want this grant to really make a difference. Tell us how the prize money will go to good use for your business and the world at large.
But most of all, be yourself! Your business is a reflection of who you are. We can’t wait to read all about it!

What Happens Next 

Once you submit your grant contest application on the form above, you will receive an email to confirm your submission. You will be contacted if you are chosen into the final selection process. Good luck!